Portrait of reader Pierre Curzi

While we can see it in the web series Vintage Heartnow broadcast on ICI TOU.TV, actor Pierre Curzi takes a look at the books he loved.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?

Watch over her by Jean-Baptiste Andrea. It’s very easy to read, almost like a Harlequin novel! And at the same time, it’s very interesting, because it tells the story of a sculptor whose evolution follows the rise of Nazism. What I liked about this book is that it made us more sensitive to sculpture.

Recently, another French novel also gave me a lot of pleasure: decision by Karine Tuil. This is not the first novel of this genre that I have read, because the events of Charlie Hebdo gave birth to all kinds of books. Here, we follow the journey of a prosecutor whose job is to decide whether we should release or keep in prison certain people who went to fight for Daesh. It’s quite interesting because she will ask herself several questions about lying, about judgment, about prevention. And inevitably, we put ourselves in this woman’s place.

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Over the past few months, have there been any other books that you really liked?

In terms of novels, I really liked it Sentence by Louise Erdrich. The heroine works in an independent bookstore which could well be haunted by the spirit of a customer who died not so long ago. In my opinion, an excellent book!


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Another book that I loved is Champlain’s dream by David Hackett Fischer. There we discover an extraordinarily active Samuel de Champlain whom we did not know. This is a wonderful book that is fascinating to read.

Otherwise, what were your biggest literary favorites?

  • The novels of JD Salinger. Not fair The Catcher in the Ryebut also A dream day for the banana fish, Franny and Zooey, Raise the main beam high, carpenters…I think I’ve read everything about him.


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  • Distress and enchantment by Gabrielle Roy. That’s an unforgettable book.


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  • Some novels by Bret Easton Ellis, including American Psycho. It’s shockingly amoral and at the same time, the writing is breathtaking.
  • And in the middle there flows a river by Norman Maclean. I’m a fly fisherman, and this book fascinated me. We meet two brothers who live in Montana and who have a passion for this type of fishing. It’s beautiful.


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  • Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. It’s about an underground railway that would have allowed slaves to escape. It’s well done and well written. And then I found it interesting that slavery was told this way.

Have you ever finished a novel and wished it was 100 or 200 pages longer?

No, but I always regretted that Salinger had stopped writing quite early, because I would have continued to follow him…

As for the great classics, is there a title that you cherish more than any other?

I studied the great classics during my studies, but I did not reread Balzac or the other great French classic authors. I realize that the literature that struck me the most was American literature. But I still have a favorite: Anton Chekhov. For theater people, it’s a treat. His characters are totally complex and we want to play them, to be in their skin. I read a lot of it, I loved it!

What about essays or reference works?

Recently I read The Labyrinth of the Lost – The West and its adversaries by Amin Maalouf, which is a damn good book! We have the point of view of Asians who were colonized instead of having the point of view of the colonizers. The author shows that the East has been fighting against the West for a long time, or that it has often tried to have its rightful Eastern and Western place. He, Amin Maalouf, is at the confluence of these two cultures and his analyzes are extremely enlightening. In short, a book that I found really fascinating.


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The human bug by Sébastien Bohler. It is a popular science book that stays in people’s minds because it tries to explain what is happening around us. He talks a lot about the striatum, the glands in the brain that produce dopamine, and when you read this book, you can’t help but analyze what you’re doing. What stimulates these glands and why we keep getting them excited? The primitive brain is no longer excited in the same way, because we no longer hunt, we go to the store! There remains social recognition and now, it goes through the networks. This explains why so many people are obsessed with clicks: because it feeds their brain…

What are you reading now?

I’m reading Robert Lalonde’s book, We are from his childhood. It’s not a novel, it’s like a story that talks a lot about nature, his childhood, his relationship with the world. Frankly, he has a great command of writing. We live in the same village, Robert and I.

Which novel are you absolutely planning to read as soon as possible?

I’m pretty open to what people advise me or what I see in the news and at the moment, I don’t know. Perhaps Barbara Kingsolver’s last book, They call me Demon Copperhead.

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